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One Injured as Crash Results in Fire

A Tennessee man was injured, a Boone man’s car burned after hitting a truck on N.C. 105 near Broadstone Road late Saturday morning. The accident occurred around 11:10 a.m. when a white Chevy 3500 tree service truck stopped for traffic, and the silver Volvo station wagon didn’t manage Full Story

More Fraud Warnings

Area law enforcement agencies are urging the public to be cautious after a number of recent reports of fraud and scams in Watauga County. On Friday, a man reported to the Boone Police Department that he had been the victim of a fraud—one Boone Police identified as the "Nigerian check scam" Full Story

May Unemployment Down, June Uncertain

The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate decreased to 8.8 percent from April’s revised rate of 8.9 percent. The national rate increased to 7.6 percent from April’s 7.5 percent. North Carolina’s May 2013 unemployment rate was 0.7 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. Full Story

Dead Man ID'd, Suspect Charged with Murder

Caldwell authorities have identified a man found dead early yesterday morning at a residence just outside Lenoir, and have now reported an arrest in what they are now calling a homicide. The 9-1-1 call came in at 6:04 am from a resident who found a dead man lying in his yard, the Caldwell Full Story

Help Needed to Rebuild Ministry House

Last Friday night, seven young men lost the home they were counting on to change their lives, as a house belonging to Freedom Farm Ministries burned to the ground in Ashe County.  Fortunately, no one was at the house at the time—they were at a prayer meeting in Boone—but Rita Collie Full Story

Blue Heaven Spa Returns Activity to Resort

Blue Heaven Resort and Spa opened its doors to the public with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony late Wednesday afternoon, marking the return of business activity on the former Heavenly Mountain property.  Managing Director Nilendu Srivastava told the gathering that the new spa Full Story

Boone Budget Before Town Council Tonight

Tonight, we’ll learn whether the taxpayers of Boone will get the bill for the county’s changing of the sales tax distribution, a move that has cost the Boone Town budget $1.8 million for the upcoming year. Council members have spent hours poring over Town Manager Greg Young’s budget proposal, Full Story

Undercover Buys Lead to Drug Charges

After a number of undercover drug purchases, Lenoir Police Narcotics Officers executed a search warrant at the residence of 428 Arlington Circle on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm. The suspect, 25-year old Jonathan Deontate “JJ” Parrish was taken into custody after the search Full Story

Paving Scam Reported in Valle Crucis

After a couple of summers with little predatory paving activity, Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman reports that the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Monday in a possible paving scam in the Valle Crucis area. The Sheriff said the paver approached the homeowner, offering Full Story

Boone Town Council Calls for CO Detectors

After three tragic deaths at the Boone Best Western Hotel, the Boone Town Council is taking action, voting unanimously last night to petition the North Carolina Building Code Council to amend state codes to require that carbon monoxide detectors be required in hotels. Full Story

Jones Named All-State, Headed To San Jose

The accolades just keep pouring in for Ryder Jones. Jones, who graduated from Watauga High on June 8, has been a very busy guy the last several weeks. He was named first team all-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference and the NW3A/4A Conference Player of the Year; Full Story

Watauga Courthouse Break In Suspect Sought

Recognize this tattoo?  High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are asking for public’s assistance in solving a break-in to the Watauga County Courthouse from early Saturday morning.  Police say that at approximately 1:00 am Saturday morning, a shirtless white male entered Full Story

Two Charged With Drug Counts by Avery SO

Then on the evening of June 13th, officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 221 near the McDowell County line.  The driver of the pickup truck was identified as 25 year old Robert Lowery of Roan Mountain, Tennessee, a passenger was identified as Full Story

Elk Park Man Arrested in Traffic Stop

On the evening of June 12th, deputies with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop on Old Mill Rd in Elk Park, and an occupant of the vehicle was identified as 18 year old Aamon Webb of Watauga Street in Newland was reportedly found in that vehicle.  Officers determined that Webb Full Story

Killer Pool Heater "Not the one permitted"

“If we had inspected it, the odds are, this would not be—we would not be talking about this now.” In the course of a trio of reporters asking Boone Planning Director Bill Bailey about the timeline for reopening the Boone Best Western Hotel, a new bombshell was dropped—that the swimming pool Full Story

Sinkhole Swallows Shoppes Monday Business

A sinkhole sunk business—at least for one day—at Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway.  Employees said that, about 9:30 yesterday morning, workers doing some work near the entrance, watched as the median between the entrance and exit lanes, suddenly disappeared. Full Story

Boone Native Son, Jim Holshouser, Dies

Notable native son Former Gov Jim Holshouser—the first Republican to be elected as North Carolina's chief executive in the 20th century, died today at age 78. Family said that Holshouser had been in failing health for some time, and he died at First Health of the Carolinas Medical Center in Pinehurst. Full Story

Verizon Store Smashed in Sunday Incident

The Verizon Store in the Gateway Center on US 421 in Boone, operated by High Country Wireless, was hit late Sunday afternoon by a vehicle that slammed into the front, the suspect then floored the vehicle, spinning tires to back out, then fled the scene, leaving a trail of broken glass Full Story

Tractor Trailer Flips off US 321

Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue responded to this over turned tractor trailer in Highway 321 in Blowing Rock near the Green Park Inn on Friday evening. The driver of the US Foods truck laid the truck on it's side in a curve in the southbound lane of the highway. The driver of the truck was uninjured. Full Story

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